A mum was shot dead while talking on a Zoom call by a toddler who had picked up a loaded gun.
Shamaya Lynn, 21, from Florida, was taking part in the conference call when the other participants heard a huge bang and the mum fell backwards.
In the background was the youngster who had picked up the gun that had been left “unsecured” in the home, said Altamonte Springs Police.
When Lynn failed to get back onto the call, one of the others taking part called emergency services and the mum’s body was found with a shot to the head.
“Investigators determined that the injury was caused by a toddler who found a loaded handgun, which was left unsecured by an adult in the apartment,” the statement reportedly said.
Florida TV channel WESH reported that Lynn was the mother of the child and the gun belonged to the dad.
“To anyone and everyone tuning into this story if you own a firearm please keep it locked and secured,” Officer Roberto Ruiz, Jr. is shown saying in the TV clip.
“Incidents like this can be avoided.”
The couple also had another child and both are in the care of relatives, said WESH.
Police are continuing to investigate the case and are consulting with the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office over whether the father, the gun owner, should face charges.
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